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and it is no trouble. host: on twitter host: we will be talking about the city of detroit with the codirectors of the recent ropia" in aboutt five minutes. hi, george. caller: good morning. i think that we've lost all of our common sense. we are carrying all of these idols around, and the stadium is burning behind us and around us, and we are worshiping all these people, be it big business, and the pyramid scheme always collapses, but who is actually winning? the people are the worst of the worst feeding off of the people who don't have common sense to judge them and not give them all the money, all the environment, all the oil, going to kings of saudi arabia that we do business with or kill iranians in cruise that we do behind the scenes. this sad, what we are doing to this world, and the reset button might be a big red nuclear button, but it has got to be hit sooner or later, and i don't want it to be, but we have a big world of hurt coming because we don't have any brains left. host: returning to the front page of "the washington times," a story on ted cruz, republican senator from texas. h
that came into the detroit bankruptcy was its public pensions. i think the emergency manager in detroit has estimated that the city owes something like $18 billion in debt, $3.5 billion of that in unfunded pension liabilities. jeff mentioned, a lot of things going to a pension funding situation. to them is whether the government is making contributions. thene of them is whether government is making contributions paid that is a problem in detroit. the government has borrowed to make contributions, just like borrowing to pay your monthly bills. not necessarily a good idea or a sustainable. in some cases they might have sweetened the pot. several members are under investigation by the sec. nevertheless, the asset returns that you talked about a couple years ago didn't look so good. for that reason it called attention to the funding of state and local pensions generally. in some ways detroit is its own case and in other ways it brings up the fact that on average, state and local pensions are 80% funded -- i'm sorry, 73% funded. 80% is the target we would like to be. street at thethe capitol are
. chemical war is a terrible thing, but we have detroit bankrupt, we have illegal aliens, we have so many things in this country that he to be taking care of her it would don't seem to have the time to take care of it hurt i say we should deal with the issues in this place and then we go out and help others. that is all i have got to say. here's what a couple of senators had to say. now is the time for decisive action. the u.s. must rally our friends and actions to take limited to return actions and serious. using standoff weapons without boots on the ground and at minimal risk to our men and women in uniform, we can sit if you can lead assad's airpower and listed missile capabilities and help establish safe areas on the ground. john mccain, lindsey graham, both republicans and united states senate. we have a democrat on the line now. surely from ermine ham alabama -- surely from birmingham alabama. uest: >> brought: assad has not anybody over your to kill us, but our american congress is killing and our american government is killing people right here in the united states. let's fix home
people may not know his speech originated in part in detroit. explain what dr. king was saying two months before. guest: yes, i'm from detroit and i grew up there. with aretha franklin's father and many other prominent ministers in detroit. dr.king participated in a huge march in detroit leading down near cobal hall where he delivered a similar speech and he talked about using our resources to make sure justice will be delivered. he talked about some of the same things he did in washington. he also talked about obviously detroit being the headquarters of a tremendous labor movement with u.a.w. the local focus in terms of negro rights was extraordinarily powerful. so dr. king founded some of those things but of course took them to a new level in washington. host: from june of 1963 two months before the march on washington. this is put together from motown records. >> i have a dream this afternoon. my four little children will not come up in the same young days that i came up. they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character and not the color of their skin. i have a dre
. i am just outside detroit. i have always been able to find a job and my skill trade. it may not pay what i wanted to. that's what i want it to. wanteday not pay what i to. host: detroit is getting a lot of attention as far as bankruptcy issues and what it means as far as michigan's economy. do you think it has a spillover effect? bad.r: it is pretty i am underwater right now. i bought a condo and refinanced it. up --ndo beneath me went went for 21,000. one guys a realtor and said that value is coming back up. it is going to take a while and i understand that. host: things do not happen overnight. that is brad america look tonight -- on our -- that is brad on our republican line. next caller -- caller: let because he, as a prospective college student, i am seeing some improvement. tennesseeobama was in to try and compromise with the republicans. boehnerans, under john and the tea party that is pushing the tax deal come ever since they got into 2011 -- ident obama has not something that was explicitly endorsed from 35%. need to obviously return to manufacturing. in 2012 that we need t
foreign dollar to detroit. that's the opinion there. in "the washington post" today, islamist issues a call to alms to further goal. a little bit more about the future here. they are moving to capitalize on this political crisis in egypt. argue taggert the crackdown in the muslim brotherhood vindicates their view that democracy is a dangerous proposition. -- we are going to take a short break here and move off of egypt onto a different topic. it's about states around the country who are putting efforts to nullify efforts to stop some of the top issues. nullify federal laws that relate o health care and gun control. we'll be right back in a few minutes. ♪ >> we were right in my view to fully fund the military in 9/11. we deprived the u.s. department of funds. and there is as a result, an enormous gap between the power of the pentagon and the power of the state department. i'll illustrate it with two little examples from bob gate who is was an outstanding secretary of defense for president push and president obama. he gave a brilliant speech a couple of years ago and here are the nug
their way. a city in california went bankrupt and had to file for bankruptcy. detroit is filing for bankruptcy. these democratic cities have democratic policies for such a long time. when they have their way, that's what happens. we continue on with these policies that are being pushed down our throats. that is going to happen to a larger scale. we cannot afford everything. we cannot be everything to everybody. we need to live within our means. i grew up among democrats. i hear this nonsense all the time. we need to live within our means. host: ron is from tip of florida this morning. -- is from tampa, florida this morning. we brought up the proposals tea party members are pushing. a possible government shutdown if government includes financing for the affordable care act and its proposal to extend government funding beyond that date. today's "washington post," he is a republican strategist talking about that strategy as a possible option under his headline -- scott is from maine on our independent line. talk about this idea of compromise. is it possible in today's political cli
since obama has been in office. detroit, youention hear about the vagrancy, they put on the labor unions and the government there and so forth. is a placeriver called windsor, candidates, where ford motor company have a major plant. that plan does not have to pay for the medical benefits for the workers. that is why ford is very successful. you've got to look at everything within that aim. just general motors did not know what they were doing. motors the general pushing brooms making $100 an hour. i tell you what, funny one of those jobs, and i will give you 20% of my pay every week. thank you very much. host: the next call independent line. valerie, you are on the "washington journal." caller: good morning. benjamin should quit listening to the liars on msnbc. what i really called to see as i do not see how there will ever be a copper mines when you have one side that look believes in big government and one -- and more spending and one side that leaves in smaller government and less spending. i do not see how there can never be a copper mine. -- a compromise. they are two totally differ
to hire 30,000 to 40,000 people. president obama said that the economy was roaring back in detroit. this administration cannot seem to do anything correct. the keep the people chasing tale, that is their objective, a state of confusion. then they blame someone else. it is time, i think, for the congress to reevaluate the presidency and what he is doing and possibly considered impeachment. way overdue. host: this is from jodie this morning on twitter -- host: marvin, south boston, va., independent line. caller: i think everyone needs to kind of chill out. i think that what congress needs to do is kind of like helping the poor and. host: kathleen, independent line. caller: it would be interesting to see if any of these nations receive information from the united states so that they can kill us. every state has good national guard units, which is something we may want to consider whether our country is not friendly to us, that we make sure our representatives are well taking care of. host: currently there is a senate primary going on in new jersey. joining us to talk about that ,nd th
and comments on this issue and the threat of al qaeda right now. our democratl on line from detroit, michigan. good morning, you were on with christopher hill. caller: good morning. withieve the whole thing the embassies and everything was a manufactured crisis because of the snowden release. once again, it is just like the terror alert. one native yellow, one day it is green, get people scared. governmente basically gets permission to take your rights away. i do not trust anything the more the government says. it is just too convenient after the snowden release that is when this came out. host: mr. hill, your take on ais, his belief that this was way to scare the american public. guest: i do not think that is the case. having said that, we need to see this against the backdrop of rising tensions in the world of rising sectarianism in the arab world. i'm trying to relate it to broader issues. i would not relate this to the case of snowden in moscow or the toinistration's efforts deflect the attention it. when you close an embassy, it is a very syria's -- a very serious thing. they are our eye
way in detroit with its recent bankruptcy and you will see it in a lot of other places as well. struggling to meet their pension and other obligations and this will be big problem. it is not necessarily a problem that involves, so the federal government. it might be if there were bailouts involved. but at the moment, this is a problem that is isolated to the cities and to the states. to the second point about moderates and republicans and moderates, first of all, i noted that there is a plurality of moderates, not a majority. there is no a journey of conservatives or liberals -- there is no majority of conservatives or liberals or moderates. moderatesdentified are in far greater number than conservatives or liberals. my point was that the moderate republican party doesn't really represent their views very well. they used to be a giant heard of moderate republicans from beeness and they have hunted into extinction through some of these primaries that we have seen and now there are very few. host: on twitter -- guest: entitlement reform. that is the biggest one of all. they're wa
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